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Perception of Urban Dwellers about the Benefits and Management of Urban Trees in Uyo Metropolis, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

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Author Oyebade, B.A Popo-ola, F.S Itam E.S
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 767-773
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 7
Issue Date August 01, 2013
Publishing Date August 01, 2013
Keywords Urban green, urban forestry, perception, benefits, sustainable development



Abstract

Urban trees are the unsung heroes of our environment which renders a number of services. This study evaluates the perception of urban dwellers on the benefits and management of urban tree species of Uyo metropolis, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Ninety (90) semi-structured questionnaires were administered to evaluate the perception of the respondents within the study areas (commercial, educational and residential areas). The results from the demographic parameters indicated that greater percentages of the respondents were educated across the study areas, and this significantly affected their perceptions on the benefits of trees around the study areas. The majorly perceived benefits in the study included medicinal, beautification and micro-climate purposes with commercial area (12.13%), educational area (16.84%) while residential (25.40%) for medicinal purposes. For the beautification purposes, commercial had 27.27%, educational area with 27.72% and residential area had the highest with 31.75%. The results also indicated that commercial area had 42.37%, educational area with 35.80% and residential 61.36% for the micro-climate and provision of shade purposes among the respondents. The results on the respondentsí perceptions towards conservation of trees among the study areas showed that educational area had the highest (93.33%) while commercial and residential areas are equal (83.33%). The study had shown that many urban dwellers in Uyo metropolis had knowledge of potential importance of trees around their environment and the need for proper conservation of these tree species. It therefore imperative for systematic involvement of all stakeholders in the management of the urban forest tree species in the study area which will without doubt leads to sustainable development of urban forestry in Nigeria.


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